Judiciary receives 8,577 cases last year with highest in Thimphu
The Judiciary in 2018 received 8,577 new cases with 2,367 pending cases from 2017 of which 8,542 cases were decided with the highest registered cases of 1,986 in Thimphu Dzongkhag court.
Thimphu Dzongkhag court had 2,800 cases including 1,986 new registered cases in 2018 and 814 pending cases from 2017. Of the total, the courts decided 2,127 cases.
The highest cases in Thimphu were registered at commercial bench with 521 new cases followed by 510 cases at civil bench. The family and child bench saw 443 new cases while 256 cases each were registered at criminal bench-I and bench-II.
That was revealed by the Registrar General of Supreme Court, Tshering Dorji while releasing the annual report on 11 January in Thimphu.
The reason for some courts having higher number of registered cases, Registrar General said was because of the population size and concentration of economic and social activities. He said, “There has been not much cases increased in other Dzongkhags.”
Thimphu has 138,736 persons which accounts at 19.1 percent of the total population with 30,672 regular household, this is according to the Housing and Population Census of Bhutan 2017.
Registrar General said that Thimphu constitutes 26 percent while Paro Dzongkhag and Phuntsholing Drungkhag constitute seven percent each. “Thimphu, Paro Dzongkhag, and Phuntsholing Drungkhag together account for almost 40 percent of total registered cases in the country,” he said.
Thimphu is followed by Wangdue Phodrang and Paro Dzongkhag court with 586 and 554 cases respectively.
While, Wangdue Phodrang Dzongkhag court had 668 cases including 586 cases new registered with 82 pending cases from 2017, the court decided 507 cases. Wangdue has 42,186 persons and 8,556 regular households.
In Paro Dzongkhag court, 554 new cases were registered in 2018 and carried forward 263 cases from 2017 taking the number to 817 cases. The court decided 476 cases. Paro has 46,316 persons with 10,274 regular households.
Among dungkhang court, Phuntsholing had the highest number of registered cases with 628 followed by Gelephu and Nanglam with 372 and 136 cases respectively.
Of the total cases in- cluding of both new and pending cases, Phuntsholing court decided 680 cases and Gelephu court decided 364 cases while Nganglam court decided 135 cases.
Among the cases, there were 7,310 civil cases registered in 2018 of which the monetary top the list with 3,218 cases which is increased by five percent as compared to 2017.
Of the 1,232 criminal cases registered, assault and battery saw the highest with 366 cases. This is decreased by 14 percent as compared to 2017.
There were 475 cases appealed to the High Court at the Larger Bench and three cases were carried forward from 2017, of which 47 cases were decided. Besides, 38 cases were appealed to the Supreme Court from the Larger Bench of high court and 24 cases were carried out from 2017 while the Supreme Court adjudicated 23 cases.
There are 2,402 cases pending before the courts of which 202 cases are pending beyond a year because of unavoidable circumstance such us waiting for forensic reports, signature of thumb impression verification from experts outside the country, complexities of cases, absconding respondents and difficulty to trace witnesses.
Registrar General of Supreme Court, Tshering Dorji releases the judiciary annual report 2018 on 11 January in Thimphu